Oedi 30 Multi-genre Project
Nelson English II
For this end of the unit project, you must complete projects whose combined value totals 30 points. The final grade you earn out of a possible 30 points will be determined by neatness, creativity, requirements met and accuracy. Each assignment has been given a point value, and you must choose and complete projects that total 30 points.
All writing assignments MUST BE typed and double spaced in Times New Roman, size 12 font.
When is this due?
At the beginning of the period on February 3, you will turn in your assignments, containing items totaling 30 points.
10 POINT PROJECTS/ASSIGNMENTS
Create a CD cover including artwork and a listing of the artists and songs that would be appropriate for a movie soundtrack for Oedipus. Create the art work for the front and back “squares” of your cover. Include the name of the movie and the title of the CD. Then, on another inside “square,” include your list of song artists and titles. CDs generally have between 10-13 songs. Pick songs that reflect the main ideas, concepts, or themes of the play. Finally, on the other inside “square” include the lyrics to one song. See a real CD or album for a model of how yours might look.
Write a series of three journal or diary entries as if you were Jocasta. The entries should reflect the character’s feelings about the events that take place and the news she receives throughout the play. The entries should be written in Jocasta’s voice. Each entry should be a minimum of 100 words in length.
Jocasta’s Suicide Note:
Pretend you are Jocasta and write a suicide note to Oedipus. What would she say to him in her final hour? The suicide note must be a minimum of 200 words.
Create an 8X10 or larger movie/coming attractions poster as if this play is being turned into a major motion picture. The movie poster must include the movie title, the leading actors/actresses and a short slogan or blurb about the action and/or theme of the movie. The poster must be both colorful and creative.
Personal Stress Narrative:
Oedipus’s world fell apart during the course of the play. Write a personal narrative describing a situation in which you felt that your world as you knew it was falling apart. Focus on the physical and emotional reactions you had to the fear/stress. Write a 200-word response.
Write a paragraph for one of the following themes (a-e) and demonstrate how they are developed within the play, using examples from the drama as evidence. Be sure to have a clear topic sentence, supporting sentences with evidence from the play as support, and a conclusion sentence or sentences that analyze and/or summarize the paragraph’s overall message.
a. Excessive pride results in an inability to see truth and an inability to respect the rights of others; man must realize his imperfect nature and the power of the divine.
b. Humans are unable to predict their future or control their fate.
c. Eventually, people do pay for their sins.
d. People are searching for truth; they are capable of dignity, and they are, at times, willing to sacrifice.
e. People can gain wisdom from the suffering that is unavoidable in life.
Create a hand-drawn wanted poster for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who killed King Laius. Depict a character or characters wanted by some ancient Greek authority. This poster must fit on an 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper. Make sure you use the space on your poster effectively. Capture the viewer’s attention by your use of details. Keep the design simple yet inclusive of all necessary information. You should include the reason the character is wanted, the reward for his/her capture, and a detailed description of the wanted person.
In the play, Sophocles uses figurative language—similes and metaphors in particular.
1. Define each term and identify three examples of each.
2. Explain what two things are being compared in each of example.
3. Cite the page number on which you found each example.
20 POINT PROJECTS/ASSIGNMENTS
Write a letter from Antigone and/or Ismene to Oedipus:
As Antigone or Ismene in 10 years, write a letter to your father, who is exiled on Mt. Cithaeron. Explain your views on how you feel about your situation in life, your relationship with Creon, and what you learned from your father’s mistakes. Response must be one full page, double-spaced and typed.
Write an editorial (opinion column printed in Thebes’ newspaper, The Theban Times) regarding fate versus free will, urging the ancient Greek community to side with your personal opinion on the subject. Be sure to include actual events from the play in your editorial. Letter must be one full page, double-spaced and typed.
As a member of the Theban community, write a Letter to the Editor to the editor of Thebes’ newspaper, The Theban Times, regarding your opinion on the exiling of Oedipus to Mt. Cithaeron. Be sure to include actual events and facts from the play in your letter. Letter must be one full page, double-spaced and typed.
Five Senses Poem:
Write an original five-senses poem that is applicable to one of the characters in the play. A five-senses poem deals with an emotion (ex: fear, anger, jealousy, love, apprehension) and focuses on the five senses. Your poem should portray the overall feeling or emotion evoked by the short story. It should be typed, appropriate, and three stanzas long (six lines each, total of 18 lines).
Role-play a journalist interviewing Tieresias about the devastating events that happened to the royal court in Thebes. In the interview, be faithful to Tieresias’s perspective on the events and try to imitate his point of view. Type up your questions and his answers (minimum of 10 questions).
Create an 5-page book in which you draw illustrations for a minimum of 5 important and/or powerful scenes depicted in the play. Write a 2-sentence explanation (include the who, what, where, when, why and how of each scene) for each page of your illustrated book; be sure to use color.
Write a tabloid aricle, like one the National Inquirer would print, in which you detail the events that happen to King Oedipus and Queen Jocasta. You must include quotes from people supposedly involved in the scandal. Article must be one full page, double-spaced and typed. Click here for instructions.